Thanksgiving in Washington D.C
As November rolls on, many are beginning to plan their Thanksgiving Day celebrations already. There’s food to be bought, weekend arrangements to be made and travel to organize. After the day itself is over, there’s a whole weekend full of fun to be had in Washington D.C.
Black Friday Shopping
The day after Thanksgiving, stores all over the country will be full of deals and this city is no exception. Some stores will open at midnight on Friday morning so that’s the time to leave the turkey behind and break out the credit cards instead. Deals on this day are traditionally better than any other day of the year, so visitors can get in early to find the best ones. Potomac Mills already caters to those looking for a good deal, as it’s one of the largest outlet malls in the world, but on Black Friday their reductions will be set to get even bigger.
This year, Alexandria and its historic old town district will be hoping to pull shoppers into their artisanal shops with free transport and parking. This easily accessible shopping location offers something a bit different to the usual department store deals.
Volunteer for the Weekend
This day is set aside to look back on what makes us fortunate. Local charities always use this time of year to help those who are less fortunate. Anyone can help out by serving up or donating food to those who don’t have the facilities to cater for themselves. The homeless population of D.C often struggle to get a warm meal and Thanksgiving Day weekend is traditionally one where volunteers come out in force. Bread for the City is a local organization that delivers meals to the needy in the city and they’ve asked residents to help them out this year by donating food or their time to the service.
Do D.C in a Day
Many relatives fly in for Thanksgiving and if you want to give them the full D.C experience in a short period of time, take them on one of Gray Line’s D.C in a Day tours. These speedy tours will give them a view of the city and allow them to see the world famous landmarks that are housed here. No trip to D.C would be complete without a stop at the White House, the Capitol Building and the various memorials dotted around the city. With plenty of photo opportunities this will stay in your visitors’ minds as the only way to see DC.
Run a 5K for Charity
The SOME (So Others Might Eat) charity run is a sponsored 5K for those wishing to work up an appetite for their Thanksgiving dinner while helping the hungry of the city. Participants can run, walk or even skip their way to the finish line on the 26th of November and any funds raised go to providing the needy in the city with a hot meal on the holiday. This typically raises enough to feed 800 and every runner counts.